Project

Silva Nova – Restoring soil biology and soil functions to gain multiple benefits in new forests

Goal: We will study how inoculation of former arable land with soil (including the microbiome, soil fauna and seeds/rhizomes of ground flora) from old forests along with planting targeted tree species mixtures will improve productivity and more rapidly restore forest-adapted communities and ultimately result in diverse, stable and resilient multifunctional forests.

Date: 1 May 2021

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The main goals of the project include:
1. Evaluate temporal and spatial responses in biomass production, flora, fauna and soil microbiota diversity, and soil functions to afforestation of former cropland in the baseline situation without assisted dispersal;
2. Quantify effects of inoculation methods regarding donor, amount and application mode of inoculum to different soil types and tree species using mesocosm approaches;
3. Expand knowledge of inoculation methods from mesocosm to field-scale implementation;
4. Develop concepts for assessment and planning of afforestation at the landscape scale and provide a decision tool for afforestation strategies including use of assisted dispersal.
 
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This project, funded by the Novo Nordisk Fonden, is in collaboration with the following partners:
  • Prof Per Gundersen Univ. of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark
  • Prof Inger Kappel Schmidt Univ. of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark
  • Prof Lars Vesterdal Univ. of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark
  • Prof Sebastian Kepfer Rojas Univ. of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark
  • Prof Leho Tedersoo, University of Tartu, Estonia
 
Sofia Gomes
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We will study how inoculation of former arable land with soil (including the microbiome, soil fauna and seeds/rhizomes of ground flora) from old forests along with planting targeted tree species mixtures will improve productivity and more rapidly restore forest-adapted communities and ultimately result in diverse, stable and resilient multifunctional forests.